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PetMD Editorial
Jun 24, 2019

Reviewed for accuracy on June 24, 2019, by Dr. Katie Grzyb, DVM Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect dogs if they are left unprotected. As a pet parent, you need to know the following information to help keep these parasites away: What heartworms are What… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Jul 12, 2016

By Samantha Drake If you’ve ever taken a walk with your dog in the woods or through a field, only to have your best friend scratching up a storm for the next several days, you might have experienced a chigger attack. These tiny, red pests are so small that you might not even notice them on your dog… Read More

Katy Nelson, DVM
Jun 02, 2015

Otodectes cynotis mites, commonly called ear mites, are a common parasitic infection that can affect your dog. Symptoms typically include some combination of: Scratching around the ears, head, and neck Head shaking Discharge from the ears that can be dark and waxy and sometimes resemble coffee… Read More

Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
Mar 06, 2012

By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM When it’s time to purchase heartworm preventive medication for your dog or cat, you have several options to choose from. In order to purchase any of these heartworm medications, however, you must first have your dog or cat tested for heartworms. If the test comes back… Read More

Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
Mar 02, 2012

Image via iStock.com/HRAUN By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM Keeping your dog free of heartworms is an important job. You should have your dog tested annually for the disease and keep her on prescription heartworm medication for dogs. Have you ever wondered why your dog needs to be tested if they’ve been… Read More

Jennifer Kvamme, DVM
Mar 02, 2012

By Jennifer Kvamme, DVM The mosquito is the main culprit (vector) responsible for the spread of heartworm disease in dogs and cats.When a mosquito bites a heartworm-infected dog, wolf, coyote, or fox, it can pick up microfilariae (baby heartworms) that circulate in the bloodstream. The heartworm… Read More